Coronavirus: Smilecare offers free tooth extraction amid COVID-19 outbreak

An Auckland dentistry organisation is offering to extract teeth free of charge in the midst of New Zealand's coronavirus outbreak.

Smilecare, which has eight locations in Auckland and a mobile van that offers services around the region, has made the offer available to those with infected and abscessed teeth.

They say it's an effective tool to combat the seriousness of COVID-19, as infected teeth can lower the body's natural immune system response.

This lowered response puts people at higher risk of infection, and of complications arising from the disease.

Smilecare says it's hoping to give at least 1000 people access to the free offer, which came to pass because its dentists wanted to help those most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Zealand jumped to 20 on Wednesday, up eight on the previous day. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are deemed to be those in most danger.

Smilecare's offer, available at all its clinics, excludes wisdom teeth extraction and other complex procedures, and there is a limit of one free tooth extracted per person.

The offer can be booked by calling its Dentalcare West practice on (09) 818 8855.